Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent and another opportunity to catch some fire from this week’s incoming metal. If it’s your first visit, we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind but who’s counting. We won’t be hitting everything because no one needs a 40 – 60 entry piece and who’s got that kind of time anyway. Let’s jump in and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Before you go, leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes or something we should be listening to.Continue reading →
Greetings once more, fellow travelers on the journey of life. Too much? Maybe. I’m just glad it’s the weekend again. Or it could be that I’m just hungry. It’s lunch time when I’m writing this, and I’m lusting after some chinese food (I’m eating food from home though, and my wallet better thank me for this one). Either way, it’s time to get this party started, and there’s no better way than our weekly playlist. We’ve got lots of good tunes coming this time, and there’s a little something for every taste in there. I personally included the CHVRCHES song I’ve been jamming on all week, because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the bleak and the heavy, and CHVRCHES whip ass anyway. I’ll catch you all next week. Back to dreaming about chow mein…
Before you start reading look up. See that image up there? When I see a cassette I think of mixtapes and maaaaan, I used to love making those. But even better was receiving them through snail mail from other folks with like minded music interests. Cassettes have made a comeback but in this digital age, those tape trading days are sadly behind us. Playlists have essentially taken their place and as of today Nine Circles has brought you fifty of them. To celebrate this 50th volume, we figured we’d spruce it up a bit. Hope you dig it, I know I do. Anyway, we’ve got another great bunch of tunes to share that left a mark over the past few days, dig in below. And HEY, share your own picks in the comments section or share some that might have made it onto your personal mixtape back in the day.
Third full length Blow With the Devil from Italy’s Whiskey Ritual is a loud and brash amalgamation of black metal and rock-n-roll. Lo-fi thrash and speed metal march in step with a ready-to-party punk rock attitude throughout. But, it’s the black metal chops the band uses to a large degree that makes this album a cut above their previous material. It took them one EP and two full lengths of filth ridden back alley anthems but they’ve finally realized their full potential here. Continue reading →